Should the school day begin at a later time? | The Tylt
Should the school day begin at a later time?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends schools start later so teens can get more sleep. Studies show sleep deprived teens have worse academic performance and have a higher risk for depression and being overweight.
Schools and governments can't tell teens when to sleep, but they can move the start of school to a later time to give teens more time to sleep. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 87 percent of high schoolers in the U.S. were getting less than 8.5 hours of sleep on school nights.
This is a widespread public health problem that's easy to fix.
Critics say shifting start times to later in the day would upend schedules and would generally be unworkable. Many parents use the early start time to drop off their children at school before work. Moving it later in the day changes everything.
According to NPR, some parents oppose the move because they're skeptical that teens would actually get more sleep. A later start time for school could lead to teens just staying up an hour later the night before. Others worry moving the start time would reduce time for extracurricular activities—or just push them back entirely, meaning little would actually change.